Examining the myriad ways in which hip hop figures have weighed in on the Bill Cosby saga.
The Bill Cosby saga continued over the weekend when the New York Times uncovered additional deposition transcripts in which the comedian presented himself as an "unapologetic, cavalier playboy, someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women." Since Barbara Bowman's November 2014 op-ed in the Washington Post alleging that Cosby raped her in 1985 when she was still a minor, 36 women have come forward publicly accusing him of sexual assault. (Here is a comprehensive timeline of the scandal.)
Given that Cosby is one of the most influential black comedians of all time, it was inevitable that members of the hip hop community would feel compelled to weigh in on the matter. There have been two waves of reactions -- the first since Cosby's admission of guilt surfaced earlier this month, and the second during the last six weeks of 2014 when the allegations had just surfaced.